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The Blues' young terrors make an impact

By Chris Kirwan
September 7 2003

It was an eventful day for several Blues on international duty, with a couple of young players making an impact. On the whole results went the way of the Everton players doing their international thing....

Wayne Rooney played quite poorly for England in the first half (although he certainly wasn’t alone), but managed to notch his first international goal in the second, becoming England’s youngest ever goalscorer in the process. It was the introduction of Emile Heskey at half time that helped Rooney to get into the game, with the big lump taking the pressure off Rooney and Owen. Heskey set up Rooney’s goal with a well-placed knockdown that Wayne struck into the net. The Macedonian keeper did a good impression of Paul Gerrard with his lethargy to get down to the ball. England were awful, but managed to spawn a win. Maybe they need plenty of Burberry to spur them on.

James McFadden was another to open his international account, tapping home Scotland’s third goal in a 3-1 win. The spiky Scot had a few nice touches, and certainly looked more threatening than the willing but crap Paul Dickov. Thankfully McFadden's got rid of the red streak from his hair.Gary Naysmith was solid at the back in his preferred role of leftback, primarily looking after his defensive duties but helping Neil McCann in attack when appropriate.

Lee Carsley made his comeback from injury for Ireland against Russia, but along with Kevin Kilbane did not fare as well as those above. The Irish needed a win, but despite Kilbane’s tireless running and Carsley’s hard graft they could only manage a point. Carsley was replaced at halftime.

Tobias Linderoth came on as a sub for Sweden as the waltzed to a 5-0 win in San Marino. He was brought down for a penalty.Peter Clarke and Francis Jeffers played for England u21s in their draw in Macedonia. Jeffers is still level with Shearer in the record books for most goals for England u21s, but has the chance to break the record at Goodison in midweek.

It was a shame to see ex-Blue Mark Pembridge huffing and puffing for Wales in their defeat at the San Siro, although it was worth it to see Craig Bellamy once again losing his rag. Pembo ‘ran his socks off’ until his enforced substitution and the more celebrated but much-reviled ‘star’ should watch and learn from Pembridge and Savage’s pride rather than chasing a referee shooting his mouth off.

Midweek international fixtures involving Blues: England at home to Liechtenstein, Denmark play Romania, Sweden at Poland, Scotland away to the Germans.

There’s a good article on Joseph Yobo in today’s Observer… ”Yobo in power play”

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